Romeo and Juliet

Time is out of joint

The story has been told in every kind of way over the last few hundred years: with emphasis on the good, the bad, the beautiful and the grotesque. But never has the tragedy of Capulets and Montagues been told in the context of VAT Theatre. So, what is Romeo and Juliet like at VAT?

It’s brief, brisk, passionate, bloody, indecent, virtual and physical, Dionysian and subdued in a very Franciscan-esque manner. Aare Toikka has removed everything excessive from Shakespeare’s legendary tale and added his own colour to ensure the play will remain fresh.

Regardless of the colour, the message remains that no adjustment to the story will change the timeless truth that the raw flames of passion and love as stubborn as weeds will find a way to break through any social concrete.

Premiere: 3rd of September 2020 Vaba Lava in the Big Hall.

The play is a collaboration with the European theater network PlayOn!

The play is performed in two acts.

NB! The number of seats is limited.

The writing workshop VATinaarium can be set up after the play for additional analysis.

William Shakespeare
Georg Meri
Ants Oras
Director and author of adaptation:
Aare Toikka
Iir Hermeliin
Veiko Tubin
Light designer:
Sander Põllu
Video designer:
Sander Põldsaar
Marge Ehrenbusch
Tanel Saar
Henessi Schmidt
Karmo Nigula (Eesti Draamateater)
Karolin Jürise
Elina Reinold
Margo Teder
Ago Soots
Tanel Saar
Meelis Põdersoo
Siim Vahur (Tallinna Linnateater)
Make-up artist:
Maarja Linsi

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